Benchmarking European Excellence
In October 2008, the EQUABENCH project brought together eight vocational, education and training (VET) organisations with a proven track record in innovation and continuous improvement. Partner organisations from Italy, Slovenia, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands will follow a two year work programme to share expertise and best business practice at workshops, benchmarking activities and dissemination events. EQUABENCH is supported by the European Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation programme via the UK's National Agency Ecotec.
By establishing a network of European VET organisations EQUABENCH aims to facilitate the import and export of best business practice in order to improve the quality of training for people who have a disability or other form of disadvantage.
EQUABENCH will identify and adapt the innovative quality practice of network members and will use this to produce six Innovative Practice Guides structured around the EFQM fundamental concepts of Excellence. The Guides will be freely available to all VET organisations across Europe. In addition, each network member will import and apply at least one innovative aspect of best practice with in their organisation.
The work undertaken by EQUABENCH will pave the way for any European VET organisation to address quality assurance issues in a business focused, results orientated manner and will provide a vital resource for any organisation seeking to pursue an internationally recognised quality standard.
Innovative Practice Guide
Leadership and Constancy of Purpose
Management by Processes and Facts
People Development and Involvement
Continuous Learning, Innovation and Improvement
List of Partners
The Cedar Foundation, United Kingdom
Centro de Reabilitação Profissional de Gaia, Portugal
Centro Studi Opera Don Calabria, Italy
European Platform for Rehabilitation, Belgium
University Rehabilitation Institute, Republic of Slovenia
National Learning Network, Ireland
Pluryn Arbeid, The Netherlands
To know more about the EQUABENCH project, read the project flyer.